This week, Michael Lombardi has been trashing my quarterback. And I'm mad as hell...and I'm not gonna take it anymore.
To give you the proper background, Lombardi is a former Raiders and Browns GM and famous for drafting JaMarcus Russell, who promptly got him fired.
Sidenote: I saw a story recently about Russell and how the Raiders staff didn't think he was watching film so they sent home tapes and asked him how it went the next day. He said he watched "the blitz packages." The tapes were blank. He made $32 million guaranteed in his NFL career.
Anyway, Lombardi has been coming at Trubisky, first on radio then on Twitter. He said on the Follow the Money podcast, "You couldn't get me to buy Mitchell Trubisky if you had him on a discount rack at Filene's Basement. There's no chance. There's no chance. He can't throw the ball inbounds half the time. I mean, it's a joke. I was in Chicago this week and all I saw was Trubisky jerseys and I'm thinking you people are crazy. You're going to be selling them in three years. There's no way."
First, Trubisky does have some accuracy issues at times. He makes 2-3 throws a game that are questionable at best...horrible at worst. However, to say he has no chance is pretty absurd. Let's take a deeper dive into my boy Trubs, and I'm going to compare him to Jared Goff, the Rams starting QB and former number one pick.
In year one, Goff was a completion percentage of 54.6 with 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Trubs had a 59.4 completion percentage with 7 touchdowns and 7 picks in year one. Both had head coaches who thought the best way to win football games was to apparently not score.
In year two, Goff was given an offensive guru in Sean McVay. He improved to 62.1% with 28 touchdowns, 7 picks, and 3,800 yards. Pretty impressive, right?
So far in year two, Trubs has is at 64.2% for 16 touchdowns, 7 picks, and 1,949 yards. Over a 16 game season (since they are eight games in), that's 32 touchdowns, 14 picks, and almost 4,000 yards. That's a lot of interceptions, but to be fair, he had four in two games and three in the other five, so maybe that caps out at 11 or 12.
Would any of you Bear fans take 30 touchdowns, 12 picks, and almost 4,000 yards? Not to mention another 400-500 yards rushing? I know I would. Every day and twice on Sundays.
There's another factor to take into account as well. He's 5-3 and leading the NFC North right now. The most important stat for any quarterback is if they can win and so far, Trubs can. He blew it against the Packers, but in game one on prime time, I'll give him some leeway for improvement.
Is he as good as Aaron Rodgers? No. He's not Tom Brady or Drew Brees either. But can he be a top 10 quarterback in time? Absolutely he can. Matt Nagy gets a lot of credit for his ability to coach him up and put him in a system to succeed, but he's still doing it.
While Michael Lombardi continues to trash Trubs online, I'll just sit patiently and watch him develop into a top flight QB and enjoy my playoff runs.
I was 11-2 last week, folks. 11-2. In Flick's pick 'em league, I've now pulled into a tie with Josh. I should leave him in the dust after this week...feel another big 10 plus win-week coming! Let's go, me!
• Carolina at Pittsburgh: The Panthers are cruising and seemed locked into a wild card spot. The Steelers are doing what the Steelers do, which is peak as the season goes on, but I think Carolina is playing too well right now. A healthy Greg Olsen is key to the Panthers offense and he's been good the last two weeks. PANTHERS 24, STEELERS 21.
• Detroit at Chicago: The Bears are going to win this game. Mark it down. I can't guarantee the Bears win at Detroit on Thanksgiving, but this one will be a win. Khalil Mack should be back and the Bears are finding ways to get more players involved in the offense to offset the Allen Robinson injury. One thing to pay attention to is Adam Shaheen's potential return from IR. He could open up the middle of the field and give Trey Burton more mismatches on the outside. The offense will only get better. BEARS 28, LIONS 17.
• New Orleans at Cincinnati: The Bengals are coming off a bye and are tough at home. The Saints are coming off a emotional win over the Rams and could be ready for a letdown. But they won't. A veteran coach and veteran quarterback won't give back the top seed they earned last week. SAINTS 30, BENGALS 21.
• Atlanta at Cleveland: Not the Browns. FALCONS 31, BROWNS 21.
• New England at Tennessee: I just can't buy the Titans to win an important game. There is just no way it happens against New England this week. Patriots 34, Titans 17.
• Jacksonville at Indianapolis: The Jaguars are better at almost every position...except quarterback. And that's really the one that matters. If this was in Jacksonville, I'd pick the Jags, but after a bye, I'll take Indy to ruin their draft pick. COLTS 23, JAGUARS 22.
• Arizona at Kansas City: Boy there are a lot of bad games this week. The Chiefs aren't losing at home to Arizona, even if the Cardinals could play with 12. CHIEFS 38, CARDINALS 17.
• Buffalo at New York Jets: Teams in the AFC West should only get 1.5 wins for beating the Bills twice. Holy smokes they are awful. I wish the Bears could play them every week. JETS 28, BILLS 13.
• Washington at Tampa Bay: The Bucs are still a mess and Washington is playing to stay in first. I just don't see a scenario where Tampa pulls out of this tailspin. WASHINGTON 30, TAMPA BAY 14.
• LA Chargers at Oakland: Poor Chargers...they are a good team in a city that doesn't care about them. They should move to Oakland after the Raiders leave. The Oakland Chargers sound great to me and then fans might actually care about them. CHARGERS 30, RAIDERS 20.
• Miami at Green Bay: I can't pick the Dolphins here but I really wish I could. The Packers have had two emotional losses the two weeks...I could see a let down here, but I won't count on it. PACKERS 28, DOLPHINS 21.
• Seattle at LA Rams: The Seahawks were on a roll then got rolled at home by the Chargers. That's not usually a good sign for a team just before playing the Rams. RAMS 31, SEAHAWKS 21.
• Dallas at Philadelphia: The Bears traded two first round picks for Khalil Mack...first round picks that look to be mid-to-late first round. The Cowboys traded a potential top ten pick for Amari Cooper. That...that was a dumb move. They will regret that one...probably do already. EAGLES 24, COWBOYS 21.
• NY Giants at San Francisco: Game of the Year right here. I can't think of a worse game than this...I really, really can't. It just looks...awful. 49ERS 23, GIANTS 21.